Posted 9th Jun 2017
With summer 2017 predicted to be a warm one, it's more important than ever that UK dog owners are aware of how to look after their pet in the high temperatures
Katrin Scholz, Head Nutritionist at AniForte, has offered the following tips to make sure your dog beats the heat:
1 It may be well documented but that doesn't change how important it is - under no circumstances should a dog be left inside a car during hot weather. Despite the mass media attention this receives, tragic stories arise all too often, so ensure you don't take any chances.
2 You should also be aware of other environments that can become stifling in the heat. For instance, conservatories and greenhouses - these can become as much of a hazard to your pet's health, subsequently meaning it can be best to keep your pet out of these spaces.
3 If it's a particularly hot and sunny day, you should avoid taking your dog out during the peak sunshine hours, which will usually be between 11am and 4pm.
4 Heat stroke can be very serious. Therefore try avoiding the height of sunshine, as this will decrease the chances of your dog being affected. You should be aware of the symptoms too. These include anxiety, excessive panting and in more severe cases of heat-stroke, collapsing and convulsions. If you think your dog is suffering with heat stroke, remove them from the hot environment and seek veterinary attention straight away.
5 Be aware of very hot surfaces such as asphalt, as these could harm your dog's paws. If you're not sure, a simple way of testing this is to lay the back of your hand on it for five seconds to make a judgement.
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